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providence; dispose of me according to the wisdom of thy pleasure. Thy will be done, though in my own undoing.”

It will now be perceived, on a retrospection of this, and the former number on the same subject, that, in making my selections from the Religio Merlici, I have introduced a series of the most important topics which can agitate the mind of man, and which form, in fact, a brief system of religion and morality. A recapitulation of the order in which these have been quoted, both in reference to the two parts of the treatise, and to the titles by which they may be designated, will place the arrangement which I have had in view in a light perfectly. clear and distinct.

From the first part of the Religio Medici, and in the fourteenth number of these Essays, will be found extracts: 1. On the Creation of Man. 2. On the Providence of the Deity. 3. On the Attributes of the Deity. 4. On the Admiration of the Deity. 5. On Revealed Religion. 6. On the Church of England. 7. On Toleration. 8. On Death. 9. On the Resurrection. 10. On a Day of Retribution.

From the second part, and in the present Essay, the reader is presented with observations. 1. On Charity. 2. On Friendship. 3. On the Harmony of Nature. 4. On the World and on Man. 5. On Contentment of Mind. 6. On Sleep, as compared with Death. 7. On Riches, and their Use and Value. 8. On Intellectual Wealth, or on the Goods of the Mind, as compared with those of the body. 9. On the Love of God. 10. On True Happiness.

The powerful and ever splendid eloquence with which these subjects are treated; the originality which they exhibit, both in thought and imagery, and the noble truths which they uniformly inculcate, must, I am persuaded, have made a strong and durable impression on the minds and hearts of my readers; and should it be thought, that, in separating these materials from others of a less valuable, and, in some respects, of even an objectionable nature; or in endeavouring to place them in a more prominent and conspicuous point of view, through the medium of comment or observation, I have in any degree contributed to render them better known, better relished, or better understood, I shall not doubt of having executed a task worthy of all acceptance from the intelligent and the good.

No. XIX.

Oh, my heart ! To witness how I lov'd him! Would he had not Led me unto his grave, but sacrific'd His sorrows upon

mine!

I will kneel by him,
And on his hallow'd earth do my last duties ;
I'll gather all the pride of spring to deck him ;
Woodbines shall grow upon his honour'd grave,
And, as they prosper, clasp to show our love,
And, when they wither, I'll die too.

FLETCHER.

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Mr. Walsingham stayed but to offer mental prayer

that the contrition which he had just witnessed, might not, like every other previous pang of remorse which the unhappy Buckingham had felt, prove transient and ineffective. He then hastened with the companion allotted him, and an additional horse for the accommodation of Adeline, to Gilling Castle, an ancient man

sion, situated about five miles south from Helmsley, and which, as part of the Fairfax estates, had several years ago fallen into the possession of his Grace.

Here, after waiting for some minutes in a large antique room hung round with numerous specimens of armour, light steps were heard, and presently, the door opening, Adeline rushed into his arms. She had evidently suffered severely from fatigue, anxiety, and terror, nor was the information which Mr. Walsingham had to communicate, in the least degree calculated to allay her apprehensions. He told it her, however, with such qualifying circumstances, as, while they strongly painted the sufferings of Edward, and the distress of Lluellyn, might yet lead to the reasonable indulgence of hope; and they instantly left Gilling Castle with all the speed which the darkness of the night, and the almost exhausted strength of Adeline would allow.

The fears and anxieties of the unhappy girl increased, however, in proportion as they approached the cottage of the Rye; and so enfeebled, indeed, had she become through the intensity of her feelings, that, as the servants, on her arrival, were assisting in taking her from her horse, she fainted in their arms. In short, the task which now devolved upon Mr. Walsingham was of the most delicate and distressing nature, and required all that prudence and circumspection which, fortunately for those around him, he was known to possess in an eminent degree.

As soon, therefore, as Adeline had recovered from the effects of exhaustion, he prepared to communicate to Lluellyn and Edward the glad tidings of her return. They had both passed the interval, during Mr. Walsingham's absence, in sleepless anxiety, and some address was necessary, more especially with regard to the latter, in order to prevent the welcome intelligence from producing too powerful an excitement. It was deemed, indeed, essential to the

. security of Edward, that he should, for the present, remain satisfied with hearing of the safety of Adeline, while, after a short preparatory notice, the daughter was restored to the arms of her aged father. Pathetic in the highest degree was the meet

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